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Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur – Oversized Mojitos, Latino Live Bands And A Cute-ban Chef

James Chan

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur

Every Singaporean (well every Singaporean my age at least) should be familiar with Clarke Quay’s famous Latin-American themed bar, Cuba Libre. They’ve been around for the longest time (since 2006) and they’ve just expanded. Where though? While normal bars and clubs look towards expansion within Singapore, Cuba Libre has opened another outlet in TREC, Kuala Lumpur.

TREC, Kuala Lumpur is very much like our Clarke Quay. It’s where all the sick parties and crazy drinking happens. But it’s definitely SICKER and CRAZIER at TREC compared to our “fine” city.

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur

What To Expect

Let’s face it, it’s not Cuba Libre without the award winning signature Mojitos, live latino bands and delicioso Latin inspired dishes! So expect nothing less!

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Mojito

Cuba Libre Signature Mojitos

Derived from the African word “Mojo”, which translates to “casting a spell”. The Mojito is perhaps the oldest cocktail in Cuba and extremely refreshing. Two or three of these giant babies and I’ll be “Mojo-I-toh”.

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Live Bands

Live Bands

All the way from Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela comes ADRENALINA Ft. DJ Fasilito! Experience the best of commercial Latin Salsa, Pop, Jazz, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaton and more! Put on those dancing shoes because you’ll be wearing the dance floor out till the wee hours of the night.

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Chef

Cute Cuban Chef

When there’s good drinks, it has to be accompanied by good food no? Feast on amazing Latin inspired dishes prepared and curated by Cuban born Group Executive Chef, Evelio Martinez. I think he’s good looking, and I’m a guy! No I don’t swing that way.

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Garbanzos Fritos

Looks aside, there’s no denying the taste of his dishes as well! Feast your eyes on (and stomachs) on Cuba Libre’s Garbanzos Fritos and Papas Rellenas! Taste as good as they look!

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Papas Rellenas

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur
Hive, Unit H-G-10 & H-A-10,
Trec Lot 438, Kuala Lumpur 50400.
www.fb.com/cubalibre.kl

 

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Oktoberfest at Paulaner

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Oktoberfest at Paulaner Singapore

Paulaner Singapore

Last Friday night we went out for some nice cold German beer and delicious Bavarian food at Paulaner. As part of the Oktoberfest 2017, which lasted from 22 Sep – 30 Sep, Paulaner partnered Citibank and offered a promotion (10% off the bill for card holders) and a special menu for this period.

The Bier

Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier

Oktoberfest Bier

There was only one beer on sale during this period – Oktoberfest Bier, which was a classic Märzen style (lager from Bavaria Region). People who like drinking rich malty beer would really enjoy this one. The price was S$17.50 for 0.5L. There was also a 20% discount for orders before 8.30 PM. The bar could hold the beers for you too, which was really nice!

The Food

Paulaner Würstl-Trio

Würstl-Trio

Paulaner presented a special Oktoberfest menu. Our first order was Würstl-Trio, which consisted of roasted Nuremberger sausages, white and red bratwurst served with sauerkraut, mashed potato and dark beer sauce. The sausages were yummy as usual and they paired really well with the Oktoberfest beer.

Paulaner Oktoberfest Schnitzel

Oktoberfest Schnitzel

The second dish was the Oktoberfest Schnitzel, which was pork escalope filled with horseradish and mustard panfried with butter. It could have been better if the escalope had not been folded (it looked more like a pork chop). It should also be crispier. The flavor was alright and it was still better than your usual schnitzel you find in Singapore though.

Paulaner Pork Knuckle

Pork Knuckle

And here comes the pork knuckle. We could not stop ourselves from ordering it at a brauhaus like this. The skin was crispy and tasty (as it had a Paulaner beer glaze). The meat was, however, a bit dry. We have had better pork knuckle elsewhere.

The Ambience

Paulaner Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is not just about the beer and the food. The music (and the Chicken Dance) also forms part of the fun. The German band which played that night was funny and we had a really great time watching them live. There was also an English band taking over the stage when the German band went on a break. Overall, it was a great authentic Oktoberfest vibe. We wish the party space on the ground floor could have been larger. Don’t get us wrong; there was an outdoor area and also more space on the second and the third floor. However, when people came inside and gathered around the makeshift stage, there was not much space to move around.

Verdict

Paulaner Ambience

Overall, great beer (as usual), authentic Bavarian food, fun vibe. If you look for a place to celebrate your Oktoberfest with friends and family in Singapore, Paulaner is one of the choices you should really consider visiting (unfortunately, the event was already over for this year).

If you have an Oktoberfest event to suggest us to visit or review, please let us know in the comments section below. Until then, Prost!!!

Chang Sensory Trails

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When I first heard about the Chang Sensory Trails Event, I was quite skeptical about it. Most free events I attended in Singapore have been very crowded or poorly managed to say the least. Anyway, The Mbassadors decided to cover this event last Saturday and I drew the short straw. My thoughts are as follows.

About the Event

Chang Sensory Trails is a global event where you can sample delicious Thai food while enjoying refreshing Thai lager from Chang.

This year, the event took off in London during the month of April. It then moved to San Francisco in May and finally,  Singapore being its last stop. Unfortunately for those who missed it, the event took place exclusively during that one weekend (Fri 7 Jul – Sat 8 Jul, 4 PM till late).

Chang Sensory Trails scenery

A scenic spot to chug beer

Ambience

Singapore’s Chang Sensory Trails was organized at the Promontory next to the Marina Bay Financial Center. The open space overlooks Marina Bay and and Esplanade, a perfect spot to chug on beer indeed. It’s also a great location to catch the National Day Parade rehearsal and if you’re lucky, fireworks too!

The decorations and props were predominantly green and white, the corporate colors of Chang Beer (obviously). I must say I was thoroughly impressed with the effort that went into creating the ambience.

Surprisingly, it was not as crowded as most free events we had been to. To top it off, the weather was very nice. It drizzled a bit at the beginning but the staff helped open a big umbrella for us. That was really nice of them!

Chang Sensory Trails the food

Gang Hang Lay

Food

There were 12 stalls from top Thai restaurants gracing the event. Two dishes which stood out in our view were Pork Neck Panang Curry from Tamarind Hill and Moo Ping (Grilled Pork) from Nara Thai.

Chang Sensory Trails grilled pork

Moo Ping ( grilled pork )

We also enjoyed the Chiang Mai Larp from Long Chim but it could be a bit spicy for people who are not well acquainted with spicy foods.

Gang Hang Lay Moo (pork belly curry) from the Thai Society was a bit of a letdown. While this Northern Thai curry was tasty and authentic, the bread served with it was a bit hard. It would have been better if it were served with hot sticky rice just like in Thailand.

Chiang Man Bites from Long Tail which included Sai-Uo (Northen Thai styled sausage, pork rind and Nam Prik Num (grilled chili dipping) was also commendable. Overall, we enjoyed the food here. The only drawback was that food options were not vegetarian-friendly.

Chang Sensory Trails the bar

Chang beer, quality beer as usual

Beer

Chang Beer is nice and refreshing as usual, or maybe I’m just biased since I’m Thai. They sold 4 PLASTIC cups for 20 dollars. Individually, you’d pay 6 dollars per cup. We’d say that it was a very good deal for beer drinkers in Singapore.

Chang Sensory Trails O.K Ready band

Live performance by O.K. Ready

Live Music

We came early so we had the privilege of getting a table relatively near to the stage. The band jamming their set at that time was called O.K Ready. They had a nice selection of songs lined up and their music was pleasant to my ears. Two thumbs up to O.K Ready for making the event an enjoyable one.

Verdict

We cannot praise this event enough. Good food, cheap beer (that taste great!) and awesome live music. What more can we ask for? We hope Chang Sensory Trails will return again next year to Singapore. Better yet, make it a regular event! We will not hesitate to be frequent patrons.

Cafe Melba – Alfresco At the Arts

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cafe melba exterior

alfresco option available at Cafe Melba

The Atmosphere

Comfortably nestled in the Goodman Arts Center, Cafe Melba is surrounded by greenery aplenty. With a beautiful sheltered alfresco area as big as (if not bigger than) the interior, visits are sure meant to feel more like a picnic than anything else, and who doesn’t love picnics!

Even though we were there for dinner, the venue doesn’t lose it’s charm after the sun goes down. As the sun faded and the lights came up, I couldn’t help but feel like I had been transported to a resort, far from the hustle and bustle of life in Singapore.

cafe melba in the night

The Food

As the name suggests, Cafe Melba serves a blend of (Melb)ourne and (A)sian cuisine. Although they do offer a takeout menu, we highly recommend that you dine in for full effect.

cafe melba promos

Tuesday promotion for pizza, and daily promotion for drinks

Since it was a Tuesday, we decided to take full advantage of the free pizza that came with a $50 expenditure on drinks.

We ordered three pizzas. Namely, the Parma Ham & Rocket, Three Little Pigs and the Margherita, which came complementary, as part of their Tuesday promo.

Do request that they stagger your orders as the table can become a little cluttered. Assuming that you and your group orders all your pizzas in the biggest portion (16 inches).

cafe melba margherita pizza

the pizza with no frills– Margherita

Margherita Pizza

The Margherita was simple and traditional, sticking to the classic Margherita with Tomato sauce, Basil and Mozzarella, not over-complicating the pizza with unnecessary toppings. With just the right amount of sauce on a thin crust, this pizza is perfect for anyone who likes to keep things simple and the best part? It’s vegetarian!

cafe melba parma ham pizza

a pizza with slightly more complex flavours– Parma Ham and Rocket

Parma Ham & Rocket Pizza

The Parma Ham & Rocket was notable, with the parma ham adding a subtle sweetness to the dish. A little more complex with it’s flavours than the last, the Parma Ham & Rocket pizza has Tomato sauce, Parma Ham, Mozzarella, Rocket salad and a little Parmesan on top.

cafe melba three little pigs

the pizza for meat-lovers– Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs Pizza

Being a carnivore, the Three Little Pigs was definitely my personal favourite. With Tomato sauce, Home-cured Bacon, Honey Ham, Pepperoni and Mozzarella, this pizza tastes just as sinful as it sounds. With every bite, you get an orgasmic mouthful of pork, tomato sauce and cheese. Therefore, calling all fellow meat enthusiasts, this is the pizza for you.

cafe melba drinks

If you’re looking for the perfect Sunday brunch spot, or casual gourmet dining in general, Cafe Melba is for you.

The Service

Our lovely waitress, Vanessa, took great care of our table and ensured our glasses were never empty also going the extra mile to offer to help us pack some of our food to go, seeing as the 5 of us couldn’t finish the pizzas we ordered!

Special Notes

Here, you can look into the kitchen from the dining floor and observe the chefs in action. From the focused look on the chef’s faces and the attention they put into each dish before sending it out, we knew we were in for a good meal.

Getting There

Cafe Melba has two outlets.

For the Easties, visit Cafe Melba at the Goodman Arts Center!

Cafe Melba
90 Goodman Road
Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56
Singapore 439053
Reservations

For the Westies, check out Cafe Melba’s Mediapolis outlet!

Cafe Melba
1 Stars Avenue
#03-01 Mediapolis
Reservations

http://www.cafemelba.com.sg

Parking is available at both outlets.

 

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Stickies Bar – Your Pre-Drinks Solution

James Chan

 “Where should we go and pre-drink?”

Sound familiar? With the exorbitant prices clubs charge for their drinks, makes sense to get “TURNT UP” just before you enter one. Unless you’re rich af, then…… spend away!

Those taking the more economical route to have a good time, here’s a list of options you have

  • Pre-drink at a friend’s place and piss off their parents/siblings/dog/cat/neighbors.
  • Buy a cheap bottle of booze or cheap beers from NTUC and find some desolated corner to drink them (It’s illegal after 10.30pm to do so).
  • Go to a bar that charges 16 bucks a pint and sip on your beer like it’s some Chai Latte.

AND THEN THERE’S STICKIES BAR!!!!!!

 Stickies ambience

Located conveniently on the outskirts of where all the action happens (Clarke Quay, if you didn’t know), Stickies Bar, or Stickies for short, has a slew of crazy promotions for you to get satisfactorily TURNT. Sometimes, the night even ends there.

BEER O’CLOCK

Ever heard of $2 dollar pints/housepours?

Stickies beer oclock

There you go!

You’re charged by the hour. So if you order a pint at 3.45pm, it’ll cost you $3 and at 4.20pm, it’ll be $4 – so on and so forth until midnight.

Note: The number of pints you can order is based by the hour as well. So at 2pm, order 2 pints, finish them and order again. At 3pm, you can order 3 pints, finish and repeat all the way till 11pm. I’m thinking people will have to carry you home if you can last that long.

WINE O’CLOCK

Stickies wine oclock

Similarly, there’s an identical promotion for wine. Or you can get a whole bottle for $30. This will get you wasted pretty fast though, choose your poison wisely.

FREE UBER/GRAB/CAB TO STICKIES

I think the marketing team has done a stellar job in making a poster pretty self-explanatory.

Stickies free rides

I’m including it because it’s crazy!

Just one Uber/Grab/Cab per single receipt! Don’t embarrass yourselves.

VODKA PROMO

Stickies vodka promo

2 TOWER PROMO

This is my personal favorite, I don’t pop by very often but when I do, I get this. (I’m not an alcoholic).

That’s 6 LITERS OF BEER FOR $60!!!!

SPICY CHICKEN QUESADILLA, $18

Just a real quick side note, if you’re having dinner at Stickies, order this. Trust.

Stickies spicy chicken quesadilla

The Chicken is tender and just about the right level of spiciness. They also use a couple of different cheeses and it just tastes so good with beer!

Back on topic, pair your crazy promotions with an insane amount of drinking games like CHESS, CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY, EXPLODING KITTENS (this is sooo fun!), JENGA and CIRCLE OF DEATH!

stickies games

There’s even a legit beer pong table! #howtobebored

EVERYONE’S GOING TO STICKIES for prees. I’m not even kidding.

Don’t take my word for it and check them out yourselves!

But expect a huge crowd especially during weekends. You probably won’t be able to get a table for yourself if you don’t make a reservation earlier during the day or even the day before to be safe.

That being said, make your reservations HERE!

And ensure that you’ll never get turned away at the door or get caught holding a tower of beer and drinking from it standing up. IT’S HAPPENED BEFORE.

Stickies @ Keng Cheow Street
Address: 11 Keng Cheow Street
#01-10 Riverside Piazza
Singapore 059608
Tel: 6443 7564
Opening Hours: 12pm-12am daily

Long Chim – Legit Thai Street Food

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As a Thai, I am always in search of good authentic Thai food in Singapore. Although there are many Thai restaurants in the little red dot, there are unfortunately few of them that are really good. Today, I am proud to present to you another favorite Thai restaurant of mine – Long Chim by David Thompson.

Long Chim means try or taste the food in Thai. It serves unpretentious Thai street food which are tasty and some uncommon here in a restaurant setting. The restaurant is helmed by David Thompson, whose restaurant ‘Nahm’ in Bangkok was ranked 37th best restaurant in the world by San Pellegrino 2017 and No. 5 in Asia.

Street Food Goodness

Long Chim offers diners modest Thai street food served in simple plates and bowls. The restaurant ambience and quirky decoration gives the place a fun and cheerful vibe.

Interesting Menu

I have tried Long Chim in MBS a few times and have also visited the branch in Perth once. I have to commend David Thompson for his choices and creativity. The menu is split into 3 zones: starter, Aharn-Jarn-Diao (individual dish) and Gap-Khao (food to share). If you cannot decide, you can opt for a set menu (called Ma Long Chim), which is available for minimum 2 persons per order.

Authentic Thai Flavors

long chim Miang Kham as starters

We ordered Miang Kham (dried prawns, ginger, toasted coconut, in betel leaves, $14) as a starter. The Miang Kham was wrapped and prepared for you so all you need to do is just putting it in your mouth. I decided to order this for my friends as it is not a common dish to have here in Singapore. 2 Singaporean friends who have been to Thailand many times admitted that they had not eaten Miang Kham before. The flavors burst inside our mouth – really great starter to whet your appetite. (I notice that Miang Kham is quite common in Australia though.)

For the main course, we ordered roast duck red curry ($24), grilled tilapia in salt crust ($34) and fried sun dried squid in garlic and peppercorn ($26) to share. We had the three dishes together with Thai jasmine rice. All the 3 dishes were very tasty – something quite surprising for Thai restaurants of this setting in Singapore.

 

long chim roast duck red curry for main course

roast duck red curry ($24)

long chim fish

grilled tilapia in salt crust ($34)

long chim fried sun dried squid for main course

fried sun dried squid in garlic and peppercorn ($26)

Superb Desserts

long chim banana roti for desserts

banana roti ($12)

We had banana roti ($12) and mango with sticky rice ($14) for desserts. It’s my first time having Thai rotis in Singapore. Long Chim’s version is really great as it is not too sweet. The price is about 10 times the one you get on the streets of Thailand though.

long chim mango with sticky rice for desserts

mango with sticky rice ($14)

The mango with sticky rice is good although I’d say there are already many places selling good mango with sticky rice in Singapore at half price.

Happy Hour

The Happy Hour is from 12 PM – 8 PM daily. You can order selected cocktails with some Thai inspiration at $10++. If you are not a cocktail fans, you can also order bottled beer from either Chang or Leo at the same price too.

long chim refreshing 555 drink

I ordered 555 (or Ha-Ha-Ha as pronounced in Thai). This drink of laughter is basically fortified wine & gin combined with fresh coriander, lemon and cucumber. It was quite refreshing and a pretty good deal for the price.

Long Chim serving simple yet tasty food

Verdict

Long Chim serves authentic Thai street food with dishes that you will barely get in Singapore. The food is simple, yet very tasty. The prices are quite high considering the type of food you get but then they are also lower than the other celebrity chef’s restaurants in the MBS. My only gripe about the place is that the serving is pretty small. I remember the portion of Prin’s Noodle I had at Long Chim Perth and it’s much larger. In fact it was so large that I could not even finish it (I also ordered a starter before the noodle).

I’d totally recommend this place to anyone looking for authentic Thai food in Singapore. It’s also very spacious and this makes it a perfect choice for a party or an event.

Long Chim 
Address: The Shoppes
10 Bayfront Avenue, #02-02, Atrium 2 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 018955
Tel: 6688 7299
Operating Hours: 12-11pm daily

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